Live updates; Snowstorm & road condition news in IL

Snowstorm updates. provided Weather service precautions commuters The National Weather Service in St. Louis reports that snowfall has been lighter than expected, but cautions area residents about road conditions. Parts of our area have been downgraded to a winter weather advisory, while other sections remain under a winter storm warning. “Regardless, with much of the … Read more

Kevin Johnson: Missouri executes man who murdered police officer

CNN — [Breaking news update, published at 9:25 p.m. ET] Kevin Johnson – who murdered a Kirkwood, Missouri, police officer in 2005, but claimed racial bias in his prosecution – was executed Tuesday night by lethal injection. Johnson, 37, was pronounced dead at 7:40 p.m. CT. He didn’t give a final statement, according to Department … Read more

Kansas City shooting: 1 teen killed and 6 others injured in shooting at a Halloween party, police say

CNN — An uninvited group opened fire on a Halloween house party after being asked to leave Monday night in Kansas City, Kansas, killing a 17-year-old and injuring six other teens, police said. One person is in custody, though police are not calling the person a suspect, and police have recovered a vehicle that investigators … Read more

Adult and teen killed in St. Louis school shooting, police say

CNN — A teen student and an adult were killed in a shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis on Monday morning, police Commissioner Michael Sack said. Police located the shooter, and he was shot during an exchange of gunfire, he said. He was later pronounced as deceased, Sack said. … Read more

Breaking down harmful algae blooms

If you’ve spent any time around water, you’re probably familiar with algae. Whether in a pool, pond or even on the side of a rock, algae itself is not inherently a bad thing. What You Need To Know Algae blooms can be harmful to people, animals and the environment They can occur in saltwater, freshwater … Read more

Six takeaways from Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Arizona and Washington primaries

The vote in Kansas was one of the first tests of the potency of abortion rights at the ballot box since the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade and end the federal protection of abortion access. Meanwhile, in Arizona, local election officials were still counting votes to determine whether a slate of statewide … Read more

Amtrak train derails: NTSB investigators arrive at derailment in Missouri that killed 4 and injured 150

CNN — A team of National Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived in Missouri on Tuesday to probe the derailment of an Amtrak train that left at least four people dead and sent surviving passengers scrambling from the wreckage. The derailment occurred as the train, traveling eastbound to Chicago, collided with a dump truck at a … Read more

Amtrak train derails near Kansas City, Missouri, after hitting dump truck

Amtrak said in a statement the train collided with a dump truck at a public crossing near the city of Mendon at about 1:42 pm CT. Eight cars and two locomotives left the track “after striking a truck that was obstructing a public crossing near Mendon, Missouri,” company officials said in an updated statement. Amtrak … Read more

Ex-hospital worker charged with patient’s murder 20 years later

An ex-hospital worker in Missouri was charged this month with the murder of a patient who died two decades ago under her care. Jennifer Anne Hall, 41, is accused of using a deadly dose of a muscle relaxant and morphine to kill 75-year-old Fern Franco at Hedrick Medical Center in 2002, according to Livingston County … Read more

Branson duck boat: Criminal charges refiled against employees involved in fatal 2018 capsizing

CNN — Missouri’s attorney general has refiled involuntary manslaughter charges against three tour boat employees involved in the 2018 duck boat sinking near Branson, Missouri, that left 17 people dead, court documents show. The move came two days after Circuit Court Judge Alan Blankenship dismissed all criminal charges, ruling that the court did not find … Read more